Southern Fried Asian: The Chow Brothers

Southern Fried Asian closes out AAPI Heritage Month by welcoming Keith’s brother, Raymond Chow, to piece together their family’s Southern Fried origin story.

The brothers start off the pod trying to figure out if they actually sound alike, and how confusing it might be for the listeners (2:00) and whether Virginia still counts as the south (6:00). They also try to distinguish between rednecks, hillbillies, and hicks (8:30) before delving into the history of their family’s Chinese restaurant in rural Virginia (11:00). Later, they discuss their family’s different immigrant experiences, how each brother explored their Chinese identities, and distinguishing between growing up in different parts of Virginia (22:00). Finally, they share what it was like to grow up in a Chinese American restaurant (1:02:00) and why more people need to respect Chinese American cuisine (1:08:30).

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Southern Fried Asian is produced by Keith Chow and Jes Vu.

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